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Cercis canadensis var. texensis

Oklahoma is one of the largest and most tree-like of Cercis varieties, with the potential to reach 4m-6m or more in the longer term, and a similar spread.

In spring it features long-lasting dark lilac-coloured blossom on bare branches.

The large bright green heart-shaped leaves follow, tinged with pink.

In autumn the leaves turn yellow, sometimes with orange or red tints.

Oklahoma cercis (redbud) trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £76.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

How to grow

When grown in the UK it is best to plant this Cercis in a sheltered spot in full sun - it likes sunlight and warmth, and will then reward you with the best autumn foliage colours.


The species Cercis canadensis is the state tree of Oklahoma.  Some authorities place the south-western Redbuds from Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico in a separate species Cercis reniformis. The differences are minor, although the Oklahoma variety has a reputation for drought and heat tolerance.

This particular variety, Oklahoma, was discovered in 1964 growing in the Arbuckle Mountains of Oklahoma (between Oklahoma City and the border with Texas).

Oklahoma characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive foliageAutumn foliage colourVariegated foliageScented flowersSummer foliage colour
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading / Vase
  • Height after 10 years5m-8m / 16ft-25ft
  • SunlightTolerates shadePrefers full sun
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Site conditionsOccasional droughtFree-draining site
  • Flower colourPink - dark
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / RedYellow
  • Leaf/Flower sequenceFlowers appear first
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous